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The Floods of 1901

Extract from Parish Magazine, January 1901

The floods which closed the old year and brought in the new visited Quorn with great severity. There were signs that seem to indicate that they were higher than at any other time within memory, and yet some people were convinced that the water was higher in the July flood (ie in 1875). We believe the fact to be that on Soar Side the water was higher than ever, but that at the Cross there was greater depth in 1875. With regard to the comparative depths on Soar Side there is pretty certain evidence. In the old house at the Wharf the level of the July floods was preserved by the mark on a tall clock case, which the writer has seen, and when the new house was built three years ago the new floor was put 7 inches above this old flood mark, and yet this New Year's Eve the water came in. Then again the houses in Freehold Street have never been so flooded before. This time the water reached to the upper end of the street.

On the other hand at the Cross, people say that in 1875 the water came up to Mr Cradock's stables, and reached window sills at the White Horse.

It seems likely that the difference at the centre of the Village was due to the construction of the Reservoir which was very low when the floods came and so retained most of the water from the Forest.

Though very much inconvenience was caused by the flooding of houses in the hindering of work, yet there were two good points about this flood. First it came up in the daylight, and secondly it went down as fast as it rose, having all disappeared from the houses the next morning.

 Submitted on: 2010-06-09
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 851
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